Wood flooring is one of the most popular building/decoration flooring types, either in tradition or modern design. It can greatly increase the value of the property with its elegant look and warm feeling.
There are many types of wood floors in current market, like solid hardwood raw timber, pre-finished solid timber, and engineered floating timber floor. Bamboo flooring is generally taken as wooden floor as well, although it is a kind of grass, instead of wood.
Raw solid timer floor is usually supplied in strips by local timber mills. The width is from 83-130mm, while the length mostly is in 2m-6m. The thickness is 19mm. Timber overlay is 10mm. Trip wood floors can be installed on wooden sub floor by secrete nail or glue. After installation, the wood floor has to be sanded and polished, then applied coats (usually 3 coats) on the wood floor. Parquetry is another kind of wood flooring, which is mostly glued down directly to the sub floor. If installed on wooden joists, the timber flooring is usually laid by top nails.
For cost saving, we develop the pre-finished timber floor, which has pros and cons. The benefits of pre-finished timber floor are saving money, easy and less time to install. Because they are pre-finished products, the floorboards don’t need sanding and polish after installation. The disadvantage is that we have to be very careful when installing the wood floor because of the pre-finished feature. Sometimes it is unavoidable to leave some scratches on the wood floor surface when installation. Another thing is that, because we don’t have to apply coats on pre-finished floor after installation, the timber floor is not sealed.
Engineered wood flooring is a new product, which combines wood timber and the core (a sort of plywood), which can provide stability. Engineered wood flooring reduces the material cost of wood timber and makes the installation easier. Engineered wood flooring is usually installed as a floating floor.